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Taking a look at the top commercial iPhone photography apps, there is an array of great apps for adding effects to your photos, editing photos taken on your iPhone and shooting videos on an iPhone 2G or 3G. We’ve chosen five of these, and found a few iphone app alternatives for free that will achieve the same results, without costing you a cent.

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Polarize – A Free Alternative to lo-mob

lo-mob [iTunes link] is a $1.99 iPhone app that gives your photographs an old school feel, adding a cool effect and frame to your photos.

A great iPhone alternative app for free is Polarize [iTunes link]. With Polarize, you can either choose a photo from your photo library or take a new photo. Polarize will give the photo that old-school polaroid feel, altering the colours and adding the frame. You can also add a caption to each photo, which appears at the bottom of the border, in a cool handwriting font. Photos created in Polarize are saved to to your camera roll.

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Another app that deserves a mention is Format126 [iTunes link], which allows you to add one of 8 effects to a photo in your camera roll, or to a newly taken photo. The effects consist of ColorPlus, PolaColor, MonoPlus, Mono, ColorHint, LOFI, MonoHi and Neutral. All of the effects reflect the retro effect found in the 1960’s 126 film format.

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Dash of Color – A Free Alternative to ColorSplash

ColorSplash [iTunes link] is $1.99 app that allows you to desaturate your photographs, while keeping certain details in colour.

There are two free alternatives to ColorSplash in the iTunes App Store. Dash of Color [iTunes link] allows you to choose a photo from your camera roll to edit. The photo is automatically desaturated, and by swiping your finger over sections of the photo you can restore its original color. The app allows you to adjust the size of the brush, and if you make a mistake, can also alternate between adding or removing colour.

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iQuikSplash [iTunes link] uses a different approach. Rather than swipe your finger over the sections that you want to colour – you tap the photo to choose one specific colour that will remain, while the rest of the photo will be desaturated.

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The app has a second option, ‘Area QuikSplash,’ which allows you to restore the original colour only to certain sections of the photo within a defined area. Once you have edited your photo, you can either save it to your camera roll or publish it to Facebook.

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Photo Philter Phun – A Free Alternative to Photo fx

Photo fx [iTunes link] is a $2.99 app that allows you to add a variety of filters to your photographs for interesting effects.

There are a few free alternatives that photography buffs can use to add interesting effects to their photos. Photo Philter Phun [iTunes link] allows you to add effects to a photo from your camera roll, or to a newly taken photo. Filters include wave, noise, swirl, charcoal, sharpening and blurring amongst others.

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With Photo Philter Phun, you can apply more than one filter to a photograph. The app allows you to save the photo to your camera roll in either a standard, medium or large size, and to share it through Facebook or Twitter.

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PhotoTouch [iTunes link] is another free app that is packed with photo editing features. It allows you to automatically adjust the colours and contrast of your photos, as well as crop or alter the size of the image. Using PhotoTouch, you can also adjust the saturation, and apply a variety of filters including Sepia, Solarization, Softening, Mosaic and Pixel Movement.

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Other cool free apps that add interesting effects found in Photo fx include Night Vision [iTunes link], uSketch [iTunes link] which allows you to convert photographs to sketches.

Video Genius – A Free Alternative to iVideoCamera

While the free app Video Genius [iTunes link] does not have the added effects that the $0.99 app iVideoCamera [iTunes link] has, it still allows iPhone 2G and 3G owners to record video on their iPhone for free.

Videos shot using Video Genius are saved in the camera roll, and can be played back after they have been saved. Video Genius also allows you to record for 40-60 seconds at a rate of 12 frames a second, or longer videos at a rate of 8 frames per second.The app is free for the time being so get it while you can!

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Shutter Cam – A Free Alternative to QuadCamera

QuadCamera – Multishot [iTunes link] is $1.99 iPhone app that allows you to take from four to eight continuous shots, and add effects to the photographs.

Shutter Cam [iTunes link] is a free alternative to to QuadCamera, allowing you to take from two to five continuous shots. You can choose to add a timestamp to your photographs and adjust the image size. Photos taken using ShutterCam can be shared either via email or through Twitter.

Do you know of any free apps that are great alternatives to the top paid photography apps in the iTunes store? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. NewsGallery
    June 28, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Via NewsGallery: Preserving the Integrity of Composition in iPhone Photography:ComposePix There's an App for That!:

  2. Kara
    April 12, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I use the free Photoshop app

  3. 1976Hoosiers
    April 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Gorilla Cam is super awesome and FREE of course!

  4. carla brown
    April 7, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Marvelloous applicationst

  5. carla brown
    April 7, 2010 at 3:00 am

    great applications...for photography...i think i can add on to iphoen